-MFBF Members Attend National Convention, Direct Federal Policy
Jan. 12, 2018 – For five days, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) members attended American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF’s) Annual Convention and IDEAg Tradeshow in Nashville.  read full release (PDF)

-MFBF Earns New Horizon, Pinnacle Awards
Jan. 6, 2018 – Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) was recognized as one of the top award winners among state Farm Bureau’s across the United States for its overall achievements in 2017 with the New Horizon Award and Pinnacle Award during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF’s) Annual Meeting in Nashville. read full release (PDF)

-MFBF Farmer Members Head to AFBF Convention in Nashville 
Jan. 5, 2018 – Eight Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) members are headed to Nashville this week to participate in American Farm Bureau’s Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show. read full release (PDF)

-MFBF Launches Faces of Farm Bureau YouTube Channel
Jan. 3, 2018 – To bring the faces of its members to the public, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has launched a YouTube channel focused on its members’ farms, the issues that concerns these members and how this organization has assisted them. read full release (PDF)

2017 Press Releases
-Rochdale Farmers, Heidi and James Cooper, and Rutland Farm Assistant, Meg Gennings, Win MFBF’s YF&R Competitions
Dec. 20, 2017 – The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) awarded Heidi and James Cooper with the Achievement Award and Meg Gennings with the Excellence in Agriculture Award during the organization’s annual meeting in Framingham, Massachusetts, on Nov. 30. read full release (PDF)
-Westhampton Resident’s Daughter, Erin Norris Receives Farm Bureau’ Gregory Finn Scholarship Award
Dec. 18, 2017 – The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) awarded Erin Norris, who is attending UConn, the Gregory Finn Scholarship during the organization’s annual meeting in Framingham, Massachusetts, on Nov. 30. read full release (PDF)
-Franklyn Carlson Receives MFBF’s 2107 John Ogonowski Award
Dec. 12, 2017 – During the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, Harvard Farmer Franklyn Carlson received the 2017 John Ogonowski Award. The annual award is given to a Farm Bureau member who has demonstrated distinguished service to the organization, to agriculture and to the community. read full release (PDF)
-Horse Farm of Distinction Awarded to 32 Equine Operations Across the Commonwealth
Dec. 6, 2017 – Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) announced 32 recipients of the organization’s 2018 Horse Farm of Distinction award during its annual meeting last week in Framingham, Massachusetts. read full release (PDF)
-Ed Davidian Re-Elected MFBF President
Dec. 1, 2017 – Ed Davidian, a farmer from Northborough, Massachusetts, was elected as Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) president today at the organization’s 102nd annual meeting. read full release (PDF)
-Mitigating Risks, Connecting With Consumers Featured Topics at MFBF’s Annual Meeting
Dec. 1, 2017 – Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) members met in Framingham yesterday for their annual meeting, during which discussion ensued about risk management programs, bring Massachusetts agriculture to life in the classroom and marketing the organization. read full release (PDF)
-Farm Bureau Members Gather in Framingham, MA, for Annual Meeting
Nov. 29, 2017 – Approximately 200 Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) members and guests are gathering in Framingham, Massachusetts, this week to establish policy for the upcoming year, attend workshops and learning sessions, as well as enjoy good food, entertainment and a bit of rest and relaxation away from the farm. read full release (PDF)
MFBF Sweeps AFBF’s Awards of Excellence
Nov. 17, 2017 – The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) made a clean sweep of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Awards of Excellence for states with similar size memberships. These annual awards are given to states that demonstrate excellence in the programs that they implement and complete during the last year. read full release (PDF)
-MFBF Young Farmers Cross Border to Learn About Trade, Farming Challenges in Canada
Nov.7, 2017 – Five Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) members, who participant and serve on the statewide Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) committee, traveled to Montreal last week during which they learned about trade with our Northern neighbor and other farming challenges that Canadian producers experience. real full release (PDF)

-Franklin County Farm Bureau’s Back 40 Tractor Ride Connects Farmers With Public
July 6, 2017 – Seventeen farmers paraded their tractors in Franklin County Farm Bureau’s Back 40 Tractor Ride on June 24 as part of the Franklin County 4-H Fair in Heath, Massachusetts, to create a conversation with the public about farming. read full release (PDF)…

-Massachusetts Farmers Address Questions About Livestock On Boston Common
June 28, 2017 – Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) members brought their livestock to the Boston Common on June 20 to answer legislators’ and consumers’ questions about the care and management of livestock. read full release (PDF)…

-APR Program Evaluated Through MFBF’s Survey
June 15, 2016 – The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has received many complaints and criticism in recent years from land owners who had sold their development rights into the agricultural preservation restriction (APR) program. This voluntary program is intended to offer a non-development alternative to farmers and other owners of “prime” and “state important” agricultural land who are faced with a decision regarding future use and disposition of their farms. read full release (PDF)..

-Think MFBF During Dairy Month, As It Supports Pro-Dairy Farm Policy
June 1, 2017 – While consumers enjoy ice cream, cheese and milk this June as part of Dairy Month, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) leadership and staff will be working to protect local dairy farms. read full release (PDF)…

-STEM Educators Receive On The Farm Experience From Massachusetts Livestock Farmers
April 10, 2017 – A group of 25 individuals, who train or coach Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) educators, visited Massachusetts this week for a hands-on learning experience about beef production. The goal of this program was to help these STEM coordinators discover new and relevant ways to apply real-world application of STEM to students via agriculture. read full release (PDF)…

-Estate Tax, Livestock Care & Standards Board, APR Topics of Discussion At 2017 Ag Day
April 4, 2017 – Massachusetts farmers and students descended on Beacon Hill today to showcase locally-grown food and farm products and to hold meetings with their local legislators about the issues that matter most to them. This annual event, known as Agriculture Day at the State House, is a collaborative effort between the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) and 35 other agricultural organizations. read full release (PDF)…

-MFBF’s Young Farmers& Ranchers Committee Contributes To National Harvest For All Campaign
April 3, 2017 – The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF’s) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) committee used the seven County Farm Bureau legislative breakfasts held in March as a platform for donations for Farm Bureau’s charitable Harvest For All program. read full release (PDF)…

-Rochdale Farmer Heidi Cooper To Chair MFBF’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee

March 22, 2017 – The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Board of Directors has appointed Heidi Cooper, Rochdale farmer, as chair of the Young Farmers & Ranchers
(YF&R) committee. read full release (PDF)…

-MFBF Discusses Agritourism Study Commission Act At New England Marketing Conference

March 9, 2017 – Agritourism is a growing business in Massachusetts, but it continues to run up against conflicts with local zoning, agricultural preservation restrictions and more. To consider methods to overcome these barriers, Representative Stephen Kulik has filed on behalf of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) HB2715 in the 2017-2018 legislative session, which is an act to establish an agricultural tourism study commission. read full release (PDF)

-Support Your Local Sugarhouse To Celebrate Maple Month

March 2, 2017 – The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) invites you to celebrate Maple Month this March by visiting your local sugarhouse. read full release (PDF)…

-MFBF Leaders Voice the Impact of National Issues on Local Massachusetts Farms

March 3, 2017 – Two Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) farmer leaders participated in legislative visits this week in Washington, D.C., to discuss the national issues impacting local farmers. These issues include the H2A visa program, the potential North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation and how to improve the next Farm Bill. read full release (PDF)…

-Five MFBF Farms Set to Host Camping for a Cure Fundraiser on June 10

Feb. 24, 2017 – The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is pleased to announce that five farms across the Commonwealth have agreed to host Camping for a Cure events on June 10 to raise funds for MFBF’s team to ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC). All the funds raised by this team will go to cancer research through the Dana-Faber Cancer Research Institution and the Jimmy Fund. read full release (PDF)…

-MFBF President Ed Davidian Calls for Reform of H2A Temporary Ag Visa Program at Press Conference

Feb. 21, 2017 – The H2A visa program, which allows U.S. farmers to employ foreign nationals in the United States for temporary or seasonal agricultural work, has become increasingly difficult for Massachusetts farmers to navigate, according to Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation President Ed Davidian during a press conference today at his farm in Northborough. He also discussed how to make the H2A program more flexible in order to meet the needs of more farmers. read full release (PDF)…

-Massachusetts Officials Set to Celebrate Agriculture on April 4

Feb. 16, 2017 – State officials, farmers and students are set to celebrate Agricultural Day at the State House on April 4, 2017. This annual event brings together farmers and agricultural organizations to showcase locally-grown food and farm products and to have their voices heard by legislators about issues affecting the agricultural community.
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-MFBF Launches New Version of Website

Feb. 15, 2017 – The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has launched an enhanced version of https://mfbf.net/ . The website presents the latest news and updates about MFBF’s programs and activities. read full release (PDF)…

-MFBF Young Farmers Attend National Conference For Learning, Leadership Opportunities

Feb. 14, 2017 – Seven Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) members, who serve on the statewide young farmers & ranchers committee (YF&R). participated in tours, breakout sessions and networking opportunities at American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) FUSION conference this week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. read full release (PDF)…

-Snow Day in Massachusetts A Step Towards Ending Drought for Massachusetts Crop Farmers

Feb. 10, 2017 – Massachusetts remains in a drought this winter with 98 percent of the state experiencing moderate drought conditions. However, yesterday’s snow fall will help combat the dry summer that farmers across the state experienced in 2016. read full release (PDF)…

-Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation Has Joined the Fight Against Cancer

Feb.2, 2017 – The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has joined the fight against cancer by forming a team of cyclists who are going to participate in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC). The team of five is set to ride more than 750 miles for those who can’t on Aug. 5 & 6, 2017. All the funds raised by this team will go to cancer research through the Dana-Faber Cancer Research Institution and the Jimmy Fund. read full release (PDF)…

-MFBF Farmer Members Head to National Farm Bureau Convention

Jan. 6, 2017 – Eleven Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) members are headed to Phoenix this week to participate in American Farm Bureau’s Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show. These members will have the opportunity to conduct business on the trade show floor, expand their knowledge at educational workshops, vote on up-and-coming businesses trying to achieve the American dream and network with their peers. read full release (PDF)…

2016 Press Releases

AFBF Foundation Recognizes Massachusetts Farm Bureau’s Continued Contributions

Dec. 16, 2016 – The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture announced this week that Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has won the Apex Award and the Scholar Award. These awards show MFBF’s commitment and contributions to the Foundation, which works to rebuild the bonds of trust between American consumers and producer growers through agricultural literacy. read full release (PDF)…

-Massachusetts Farm Bureau Sweeps American Farm Bureau’s Presidents Awards, Awards of Excellence

Dec. 14, 2016 – The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) made a clean sweep of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s President Awards and Awards of Excellence for states with similar size memberships. These annual awards are given to states that demonstrate excellence in the programs that they implement and complete during the last year. read full release (PDF)…